The much maligned Australian international, James O’Connor, will finish his three-year tenure in the South of France with a move to England for the beginning of next season.
O’Connor, who has spent the last three seasons at Toulon, will move to Sale Sharks on a three-year contract. O’Connor is certainly a talented player, and most rugby supporters would love to see the 26-year-old put his off-the-field problems behind him and start producing on the rugby pitch again.
It is another addition to what is an exciting backline for the Sharks and supporters will be excited with what they could potentially produce next season.
— Sale Sharks (@SaleSharksRugby) June 20, 2017
Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond, had this to say about the arrival of the 44 times capped Wallaby:
“We are delighted that James O’Connor will be joining us. He is a world class versatile back that will add a lot to our game. He is the type of player that alongside a group of incredibly talented home grown lads, will help us a club to push on and achieve the vision of our owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason.
“He has great feet, and an unbelievable running and kicking game which will threaten any opposition. What is exciting about James O’Connor is his potential. He was capped for Australia 44 times by the age of 23 and even now at only 26, he has played in the English Premiership, French Top 14, Super 15 and at international level.
“He has a lot of experience and is keen to show his international calibre. We are all pleased he has chosen to do this at Sale Sharks.
“His debut at the AJ Bell Stadium alongside signings such as Faf de Klerk, Jono Ross and Josh Strauss, and the return of our 7 England players, will make for an amazing start to the new season.”
Exciting times ahead for the Sharks, who will be looking to improve on their 10th place finish in last season’s Aviva Premiership.